Bhubaneswar: Tropmet-2016, the IMS National Symposium on Tropical Meteorology with theme Climate change and coastal vulnerability kicked off at Siksha o Anusandhan University campus here on Sunday.
The program will continue till December 21. As many as 550 thesis and research papers will be discussed during the four day programme. Organized by a joint collaboration of SOA University, Odisha Government, and Indian Meteorological Society the programme highlights the climate change issues especially coastal vulnerabilities of Bay of Bengal.
The event offers a unique opportunity to network with planners, researchers, educationists, extension personnel and different levels of stakeholders to share their experiences and expertise to reduce the impacts of climate variability and natural disasters and to make recommendations on adaptation and mitigation for sustainable development.
Important lectures on Challenges in Tropical Cyclone Observations by Frank Marx, Director, HRD, USA, Coastal Vulnerability due to storm surge inundation in north Indian Ocean under climate change scenarios by Prof. S. K. Dube, VC, Amity University, Rajasthan, Prediction of Land Falling Tropical Cyclones over East Coast of India in the Global Warming Era by Prof. U. C. Mohanty, Visiting Professor, IIT Bhubaneswar, Sea level Variations in the Indian Ocean during last two Decades by Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, NCAOR were laid out during plenary session II of the opening day of the programme.
Noted scientists, climatologists, experts from all round the world will keep their views and research papers during the event. Important dignitaries like Manoj Ahuja Principal Secretary, Government of Odisha, Department of Agriculture, Ajit Tyagi, President IMS, TC Mohapatra, DG, ICAR.
Informing on the relevance of climate change and its effect on Odisha, Prof Tyagi said, about 100 cyclones develop every year while Odisha accounts for face off with only 6 per cent out of them. But even though the amount is much less damages are very large and severe. In spite of new technological advancements in meteorological sciences, it is yet to come to the best as detail and spatial wise forecast of climatic disturbances is yet to be done.
Last time a Symposium & Workshop on Forecasting & Mitigation of Meteorological Disasters: Tropical cyclones, Floods & Droughts were held in the city on February 2002.